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Apr 22, 2014 2:51PM
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Read both articles and not a mention of mice. I live in a duplex next to a small patch of woods - that's my landlady's 'excuse'. I lived in my own house for 30 yrs., a mile away, had woods bordering my back yard and never once saw or had a mouse. I only discovered it because I had bought a huge bag of dog food, hadn't opened it but when I moved it, some pieces fell out. Called my son (in the middle of winter) & he proceeds to examine around my side. He spots cracks, has me in the basement banging on the wall so he knows where to look. He looked at a couple of other places (it was freezing & late), said he could see spots. Went downstairs and lifted a ceiling tile - millions of droppings. He pulls out the gas stove ( my own house had electric and I was always moving it to vacuum/wash) and finds more. I had 3 electronic repellers only because, when I had a house, I knew if I ever had mice, they would chew the electrical wires. I griped to the landlady. She goes on vacation, tells me to look for a package. Outside the pack, it says 'repellers' - they were for her, not for me!! She thinks that takes care of it, doesn't get it. It only gives them a charge of electricity but doesn't exterminate them. Idiot !! I put out all kinds of traps, bait, etc. - nothing in them. I knew they were still there - my beagle was picking up the scent and scratching her carpet to pieces. Looked up mice on the 'net - they follow their own trail. I bought some of that messy gap filler, filled under my front door. Fill it half the size of the holes. Well the holes were impossible to gauge so I did my best. Now the front of her house has a large amt. of yellow crap but I don't care. I'm sitting here one day, my slippers on the other side of the room - the dog was sniffing & scratching at them. I get up and there's a mouse (the dog pawed it to death!). Everything is canned, in containers or in the fridge. I bought a container for dry dog food. She's not going to be happy if I move -she's going to have to replace the carpeting and I used the gap filler to fill the holes for the baseboard heat. It's still to chilly to get the carpet cleaned but mice don't like bay leaves so I've dropped them in the baseboards, behind the stove. I recently read that they hate the scent of Irish Spring so I've shaved pieces of that and stuck that in. I also tried to disguise the trail with febreze - don't know if that works but then I made my own concoction of shaved Irish Spring & bay leaves, put it in a spray bottle and every couple of days, I spray along the trail they seem to follow. The day will come when I move and I fully expect my deposit back - my dog chewed at the carpet, going after her mice. I did my part - at least she doesn't have to worry about the electrical!
Apr 19, 2014 8:18AM
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Dogs crapping in your yard.  Stick moth balls about 2 feet apart in your lawn at the edges.  Screw driver poked and twirled around makes the right size hole for moth balls.   Moth balls from the dollar store...Dogs get a whiph and they keep stepping..
Apr 19, 2014 2:40AM
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What a useless article.  This must have been written by a tree=hugging softy.  Don't hurt the little bugs... just make them go somewhere else.... LOL!  what a joke.  
Apr 5, 2014 8:20PM
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Hi, I have a problem with spider mites, my indoor herbs were killed... And I have this huge cayenne plant and it has spider mites All over it. I tried mixing together the garlic, onion and the cayenne and water spray and I didn't work... I don't know what else to do...I don't always get on the site so my email is ... Thank you...

Aug 28, 2013 6:50AM
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Boric acid sprinkled for a Black ant dinner.
Jul 19, 2013 6:40AM
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Use a shallow plates, pie pans filled about 1/2 way with beer in garden areas to get rid of slugs-mainly around tomato plants- or bury bottles of beer 3/4 into ground, as a neighbor used a blub planter. Slugs are attracted to the beer and merely climb into container/trap and drown...  Use shallow plates or pie pans with Mt. Dew or Mellow Yellow, mixed with some dish soap as flies, flying ants, mosquitoes ,wasps, and other flying pests are attracted to the pop- as they land and go after the pop, but dish soap gets onto their wings-drowning them. Great option several hours, just prior or during a cook-out, deck party or while entertaining outside... Have also used and eliminated Asian Ladybugs, which leave orange spots on ones skin and elsewhere...  Cascade dish soap also eliminates many insects when used in hose sprayer or mixed with water in pump sprayers- as it contains phosphorus which is good for lawns too....
Jun 1, 2013 8:43AM
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If all these "natural" cheap home things work so great then why isn't somebody mixing them up, packaging them and making a killing?  I mean a financial killing?  Sure would save me time looking around for eoudifwoj foweurw  oil of the western hymalayin national forest to kill a gnat in my yard.
Jun 1, 2013 8:38AM
Jun 1, 2013 8:16AM
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start using organic   the bees are dieing. If the bees die so do we
Jun 1, 2013 7:12AM
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DO NOT USE ORTHO INSECT KILLER FOR VEG'S. AND FLOWERS.  I initially bought it for my husbands pepper plants that we were noticing holes in the leaves.  So; I then used it for my corn, tomatoes, peas, lettuce, and more.  It killed all of my plants.  But, his peppers thrived.  That really ticked me off.
Jun 1, 2013 6:31AM
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simple dawn dish liquid and water kill almost every bug out there including bed bug.
Jun 1, 2013 6:17AM
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Boric acid sprinkled for a roach dinner. They love it, eat it, and since they have an exoskeleton, explode The absolute best way to rid yourself of roaches. Really works. Better than any chemicals you can buy.

As new roaches hatch they too are  finished off. /Try it, you'.ll be grateful.

Jun 1, 2013 5:42AM
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I live in Tampa, FL.  I used the oil and soap mixture, the vinegar and water mixture, the tea tree oil mixture, the garlic and cayenne powder mixture and the Listerine mixture.  All of my squash plants are now destroyed, to include pumpkin, summer squash, and red Greek squash.  My cucumber now have all the pest that killed the other squash plants.  Even my corn has started turning yellow and wilting away.  My okra, tomatoes, lettuce, collards, pole beans and watermelons are now getting holes in all of their leaves.  Judging by the look of things, these remedies only exacerbated the pest destruction that was already there but was manageable.  My entire summer crop is ruined because of the 3 remedies on here that I tried.  I definitely will not be using these for my fall crop.
Jun 1, 2013 5:33AM
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I found the best way to get rid of and keep away from getting Crabs is to stop taking sidewalk hookers home....:)
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cclox kills alot from mold to ants. I always have some in a spray bottle and just spray it when and where needed

 

Jun 1, 2013 4:31AM
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Grits killing ants belongs on the urban legend website.  I guess people like the fable of the ants swelling up and dying too much.  Believe what you want to believe.  No science here.
Jun 1, 2013 4:27AM
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any ideas for getting rid of moles?  any that actually work!!
Jun 1, 2013 3:18AM
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since almost all soy and canola grown is GMO using this could be contraindicated for organic reasons. 
Jun 1, 2013 3:04AM
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compost and mulch around your house is a home to bugs' and they dray moles and skunks, if you see your lawn tore up in spots that is a skunk looking for Grubs that come from the compost and in turn if not treated there will be moles later==fact
May 30, 2013 2:17AM
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I have high concentration of CaCO3 in my water, so I clean my coffee pot regularly with a 1/2-1/2 vinegar to water solution.  In the winter, I pour it hot down the kitchen sink drains to keep them running free (safe for septic systems!); in the summer, the same hot mixture gets poured on the dandelions that grow in the joint between the garage pad and the driveway. 
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